McDonald’s Mondays: Mcgoodbye


The McDonald’s near my house closed at the end of March. Whether it’s a sign of the economic times or just a final response to the endless complaints about rude service and filthy conditions isn’t for me to say. All I know is that this location has weaved a thread throughout my life;

  • When I was a little guy my daycare was two doors down. I’d attended more than a few of my friends birthday parties there at that age.
  • The only memory I have of my paternal grandparents is of them taking me there in a stroller when I was 3.
  • When I was about 10, my friends and I would take a long lunch from the 6th grade to ride our bikes there and order McPizza.
  • When my first daughter was old enough, we took her there for her first McDonald’s after an amazing trip to the flea market.
  • Over the past few years it became my walk-to-the-grocery-store-pit-stop for a $1.39 McMuffin.
  • My wife even worked there for a brief period last summer.

Yep – that building and I sure have a history.

…and now it’s gone.

23 responses to “McDonald’s Mondays: Mcgoodbye”

  1. bas says:

    hey that’s awesome an article about that mcdonalds it was open for 40 years in the 80s it
    had a bk that closed then reopened in 2000s i think then closed now guitar store are u on
    twitter jim squires?

  2. bas says:

    wait a minute, your talking about the one on mcleod tr in calgary, right?

  3. nsangel says:

    omg JIM! that’s a real tear jerker!! now i need fo find a deal on tissues…

  4. How touching >.<…..

  5. John Riches says:

    Jim, not sure if you live in St. Catharines or not, but one just closed here. Check out this article to learn a bit of the ‘why’

  6. Jim Squires says:

    @bas @ john — I do live in St. Catharines, and that’s the one I’m talking about! Going to read that article right now. Thanks John!

  7. Caitfoster says:

    That sucks Jim. We had two in our city that looked just like that. I was upset too cuz the one held so many memories for me. They rebuilt on top of my favorite one, and rebuilt beside the other. When I became a manager at McDonalds I finally found out why they closed them down. I went into the original still standing, and wow, it was terrible. They were having constant floods in the basement, the floor gave way in the kitchen (before it was shut down!). Everything wasn’t fluid in the exicution for time saving seconds in regards to fast food. It was all around eerie.

  8. willowsprite says:


  9. Jim Squires says:

    Oh — and bas — I am on Twitter.

  10. Pennywise says:

    I know the loss your feeling. TWO Tim hortons have closed in my area. One of which was my regular stop for many years. It’s sad:(

    p.s the McPizza was McNasty even when I was 12 lol!

  11. Skippy says:


    I thought McD’s was tanking when they started issuing coupons.

    Out here in Durham Region I’ve seen a Pizza Pizza close and a Swiss

    When was the last time you saw either?

  12. Skippy says:

    Request for Jim

    Since you live in St.Kitts is there a retail walk in store for Bookcloseouts?

    I looked at the site but was confused.

  13. Jim Squires says:

    There’s a retail location for The Book Depot, which I believe is somehow connected to bookcloseouts. It’s on Welland Avenue just west of the QEW. It’s a massive warehouse that’s open to the public and has some amazing deals. A few times a year they even have a “fill a box of books for XX dollars” sale.

    Hope that helps!

  14. Skippy says:

    Thanks Jim!

    I’m hopefully heading down there for a wedding,so I want to pop in.

  15. Tanja says:

    You’ll always have the memories. Sorry that you’ll miss it, but that’s such a fantastic sight to see! Made my day.

  16. tanya says:

    that picture is hilarious!

  17. Alan Parks says:

    How McSad… Where will you get your grease fix now? Heart disease has just moved further from your neighbourhood. Here’s an idea: have some salad & weep.

  18. Mike says:

    Just thought I’d add something to the stories about McChildhoods. I used to always get a cheeseburger or nugget happy meal, with a orange drink, but come May 7th, orange drink is being replaced with Coke Zero. :'(

  19. Jim Squires says:

    Mike — that’s CRAZY. Would you happen to have a link to that?

  20. stephanie says:

    Oh no !!!! No more orange drinks…. i can’t drink anything but orange at McDonald’s cause the others to me taste like the smell of wet cardboard,and i forgot all about the McPizza i LOVED it.

  21. xMadMatter says:

    I was just at a McD’s in Stoney Creek…no more Orange Drink…but it ain’t May 7th yet! Pring back the Orange Drink!

  22. lpkay says:

    No more orange drinks! Well they just lost another customer – me!


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